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 Session Descriptions

The full conference program is now available. Please note that you will receive this program in printed form when you arrive at the conference.

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Last updated: May 31, 2012


Saturday, June 2

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DART's Northwest Rail Operation Facility (NWROF)
9717 Abernathy Avenue Dallas, TX 75220

DART is proud to host the 20th Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, which features intense competition from the best rail operators and maintenance teams in North America. The operators’ competition begins at 7 a.m. and the maintainers’ competition is set to begin at 8 a.m. DART is providing transportation to the rodeo site.

The rodeo competitors will be honored and the champions crowned at the International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Thanks to our Rodeo Maintenance Events Sponsors

- ALSTOM

- era-contact

- Educational Data Systems, Inc.

- Knorr Brake Corporation

- Penn Machine Company

- Siemens Industry, Inc.

- Wabtec/Wabco

- ZF Industries

Rail System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, then you will want to attend. The interactive seminar will focus on the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations and provide an opportunity to share and learn about effective practices being developed and applied in our industry. The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Rail Safety Management Program for the benefit of all management personnel.

There is no separate registration fee required to attend this seminar

Multi-Modal Tour: The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

(45 person limit)

Come out on Saturday before the rail conference sessions begin for the unique experience of seeing rail transportation throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from the passenger’s perspective. You’ll ride the rail services and tour facilities. Hosts include Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Trinity Railway Express, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, Denton County Transportation Authority, and BNSF for this two-part tour:

PART 1: Urban Rail

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Trolley, plus a tour of MATA’s streetcar maintenance and operations facilities.

PART 2: Commuter & Regional Rail

12 - 6:30 p.m.

Start with Trinity Rail Express to Fort Worth to visit The T’s new Intermodal Transfer Center and restored T&P Station. Visit the BNSF Network Control Center, the national operations center for commuter rail services from Chicago to California. Travel to the Downtown Denton Transit Center to board the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train, the newest commuter rail service using DMUs, then return to Dallas by DART light rail.

Tour Parts 1 & 2 depart from the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.

Registration/Questions? Join one or both groups led by Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Tom Hickey. Advance registration required by contacting Mr. Hickey at hickey@pbworld.com or 215-209-1266.

Conference Registration Desk
Host information Desk

1- 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

3 - 5 p.m.

Procurement Steering Committee

Co-Chair, Patrick A. Nowakowski

4 - 5 p.m.

EXPO Advisory Committee

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Commuter & Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Committee

Co-Chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti

7 - 8:30 p.m.

TRB-Committee on Commuter Rail (AP070)

Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

7 - 8:30 p.m.

TRB-Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075)

Chair, Gregory L. Thompson


Sunday, June 3

Mid-level Managers Welcome and Orientation Breakfast Meeting NEW!

7 - 8:45 a.m.

(60 person limit)

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Rail Conference

Mid-level managers play key roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on the needs of their organization, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network. APTA is pleased to premier this pilot session for mid-level managers NEW to an APTA Rail Conference. Join us for a morning breakfast meeting to help you make the best use of your time at this conference. Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and staff about maximizing your time at all APTA meetings, educational sessions, and networking events. Find out who else in the industry faced similar challenges and how they worked through them. Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us.

Welcome Remarks

  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Business Member Liaison & Outreach Committee

Chair, Frank DiGiacomo

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

Chair, Richard Krisak

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Modern Streetcar Procurement Guidelines Working Group

Chair, John Smatlak

8 - 10 a.m.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

Chair, Jolene M. Molitoris

Conference Registration Desk
Host information Desk
Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

Co-Chairs, John P. Bartosiewicz & Jerome C. Premo

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Chair, Robert H. Prince Jr.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rail Safety Committee & Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee

Chairs, Vijay Khawani & Bradley Barkman

9 - 11 a.m.

Power, Signals and Communications Technical Forum

Chair, Edward J. Rowe

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Business Member Small Business Committee

Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

Chair, Michael P. DePallo

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

Chair, Richard Brown

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

12th National LRT & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee

Chair, Richard Krisak

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation

Chair, Bonnie D. Shepherd

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Business Member Procurement Committee

Chair, Robert I. Brownstein

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Public-Private Partnerships

Chair, Michael I. Schneider

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

Acting Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Automated Transit Technical Forum

Chair, Andrew S. Robbins

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Streetcar Subcommittee

Chair, James H. Graebner

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Research & Technology Committee

Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Business Member Business Development Committee

Co-Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

12 - 4 p.m.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

Chair, Gerald R. Hanas

1 - 2 p.m.

Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee

Co-Chairs, Nat Bottigheimer & Sarah A. Kline

Meet the APTA CEO NEW!

1 - 2 p.m.

Learn about using your APTA resources

Take this opportunity to meet informally with APTA’s new President & CEO, Michael P. Melaniphy, as he shares his vision for advancing your association’s agenda, and discusses your ideas of how APTA can work best for you.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Chair, William R. Mooney Sr.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Capital Projects Subcommittee

Chair, Claudia Elliott

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Committee on Public Safety

Chair, Paul MacMillan

2 - 4 p.m.

Business Member Board of Governors

Chair, Charles R. Wochele

2 - 4 p.m.

R&T Systems Engineering Subcommittee

Chair, Anne O’Neil

This is APTA

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of your membership. Find your unique path to work with colleagues from all over the U.S., Canada, and the world.

Presenter

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Q&A Facilitators

  • Joseph Alexander, president, Alexander group, Alexandria, VA
  •  Robert F. Nixon, president, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY 
  • Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM, chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee, and national business development, Total Transit, Glendale, AZ
  • Fred M. Gilliam, business development consultant, RNL Design, and president/CEO, Gilliam & Associates, Austin, TX

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Rao & Kimberly Slaughter

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Rail Transit Committee

Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

HOST FORUM
Regionalism Through Tri-Party Coordination

4 - 5:15 p.m.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Fort Worth Transportation Authority & Denton County Transportation Authority

This session focuses on what has been accomplished with regional cooperation, current regional efforts, and where the region is heading. From the insiders, hear about North Texas’ regional perspective to providing rail and transit services in a cost-effective and efficient manner to over three million residents and visitors. How do DART, The T, and DCTA provide customers with seamless access to bus, light rail, and commuter rail options in their 1,100 square mile area? What are the plans for growth?

Moderator

  • Timothy H. McKay, chair, APTA Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee, and executive vice president, growth and regional development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Richard L. Ruddell, president/executive director, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX
  • James C. Cline Jr., P.E., president, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

Welcome to Dallas Reception at Rail Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Members.

International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet

7:30 - 10 p.m.

(tickets required)

Join the rail rodeo participants and their families and guests at the awards banquet to recognize the 2012 international Rail Rodeo champions!

Tickets/Seating

  • Rail Conference Registrants
    Pre-purchased tickets and seating assignments will be available when you register for the conference. Additional tickets may be purchased until 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at a cost of $75 each at the APTA registration desk in in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
  • Rodeo Participants
    Each rodeo participant receives a banquet ticket as well as one ticket for a registered spouse/guest. Your tickets will be available when you register for the rodeo, and final seating assignments will be available at the Rail Rodeo Reception and Swap Meet, Saturday evening, June 2. Additional tickets may be purchased until 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at a cost of $75 each at the APTA registration desk.

Monday, June 4

Business Member Networking Breakfast

7 - 8:15 a.m.

These days APTA’s business members are all looking for ways to strengthen their business relationships and find new business. The Monday morning business networking breakfast is a great way to do just that. At the breakfast, rail OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators and major A&E firms will be available to talk to other APTA business members about their companies and how to do business with them. All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity, and small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements for the coming months. There is no charge to attend the breakfast, so plan to join us to work on new business opportunities for your company!

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Operations Control Centers Technical Forum

Chair, Bart Kane

Conference Registration Desk
Host information Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Business Member Resource Room
TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Public Transportation Takes Us There

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

The rail industry’s premier event begins with the opening general session as we review our industry’s priorities, hear the most up-to- date information from our federal partners, receive a hearty welcome from our host, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and applaud the winners of the 20th Annual International Rail Rodeo. Whether it’s creating jobs, boosting our economy, or providing for energy independence as the nation faces rising gas prices, public transportation plays a critical role in finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the country. Join us for this energizing kick off to our conference.

President’s Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Presiding

  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Welcomes

  • Mayor Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas, TX
  • John Carter Danish, chairman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

20th Annual International Rail Rodeo Awards

  • Gary C. Thomas

Sponsor Recognition

  • Thomas R. Waldron, senior vice president, Americas director – transit & rail, AECOM Transportation, New York, NY

Addresses

  • Deputy Administrator Therese W. McMillan, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

General Session sponsored by AECOM.

Major Transit Agencies Move to Driverless Operation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fully automated operations worldwide

Increasingly around the world, there is a movement toward full driverless operation by some of the world’s leading transit authorities. These include re-signaling and re-tooling existing lines to operate in full automated operation (even if the line is not fully driverless) as seen in operation in London, Paris, and New York, and in construction of new lines that are fully driverless, such as in Singapore and Sao Paulo, among other systems. Join this session to learn more about all the issues, including safety and security.

Moderator

  • Steven L. Perliss, P.E., secretary, APTA Automated Transit Technical Forum, and principal, Lea+Elliott, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Honolulu’s Driverless Train System Developments

  • Simon Zweighaft, managing partner, InfraConsult LLC, Honolulu, HI

World Automated Metro Report 2012: Facts, Figures & Trends

  • Ramon Malla Castells, chairman, UITP Observatory of Automated Metros, and director of automated Metro lines, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Spain

Delivering Major Signaling Projects

  • Jeremy S. Hill, project director, China CBTC projects, Bombardier Transportation, Pittsburgh, PA

The New York City Perspective on Automation

  • George Hacken, CSDP, Ph.D., senior director, vital systems, CPM, Signals & Train Control, MTA New York City Transit, Brooklyn, NY

Traction Power

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Technologies to move trains

The state of traction power systems evolves as technology moves forward, and fundamental issues remain. In this session we will look at both sides of the equation — alternative means of power delivery will be discussed along with traditional issues of circuit analysis and protection.

Moderator

  • Edward J. Rowe, chair, APTA Power, Signals & Communications Committee, and senior consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Transfer Trip - Why Is It Needed?

  • Steven D. Bezner, P.E., chief engineer-electrification, The Burns Group, Philadelphia, PA

An Innovative Solution for a Sustainable Urban Mobility: TramWave, the AnsaldoSTS Catenary-Free Prop

  • Alberto Castagnoli, business development – Transportation Solutions Business Unit, Ansaldo STS S.p.A., Genova, Italy

Simulation and Mitigation of Magnetic Fields Created by Traction Power Systems

  • Peter J. Talbot, vehicle specialist, STV Incorporated, Boston, MA

Improvement of Rail and Trolley Bus Overhead Conatct Systems Operation with Diode Section Insulators

  • Paul F. White, project manager-rail systems, HNTB Corporation, Chelmsford, MA

Rail Standards

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

How they benefit your agency

The APTA Standards Program is continuing to release industry standards and recommended practices that will affect procurement, design, and operations of public transportation systems. Highlighted will be: new advances in many fields including communications based train control (CBTC), rail operations,LRV procurement commercial terms and specifications, balancing risks between agency and car manufacturers, and recommended practices for audio frequencies. Learn how these standards will affect your system, how standards are developed, and how APTA encourages industry compliance.

Moderator

  • Raul V. Bravo, chair, APTA Standards Development and Oversight Council, and president, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA

The Development and Application of IEEE CBTC Standards

  • Dr. Alan F. Rumsey, P.Eng., vice president, rail & transit systems, Delcan Corporation, Markham, ON

Operating Without Distractions (Cell Phone Usage Standard)

  • David Murphy, manager, rail transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

A Standard LRV RFP -- One Year Later

  • Richard J. Wieczorek, chair, APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee, and department manager, procurement, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

Recommended Practice for Audio Frequencies

  • Robert A. MacDonald, director, engineering services, B&C Transit, Inc., Canton, MA

Analyze This! Tools for Reducing Accidents & Minimizing Hazards

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tracking methods & internal processes for ongoing safety improvement

The key to setting targets for safety lies in your capability to monitor and analyze hazards that exist in your operating and workplace environments as well as trends for accidents and ‘near-misses.’ Considering all phases from design to revenue operations, how effective are we in truly analyzing and mitigating hazards and developing internal processes that lead to reductions in accidents? How safe are we really, as compared to other modes of transportation? If you are committed to improving safety and are searching for answers, the panelists in this session represent a variety of perspectives and will share practices, tools, and techniques that you can adapt at your agency.

Moderator

  • David O. Nelson, director of transit planning, Jacobs, Boston, MA

Life Safety and Light Rail

  • Luke Chisenhall, CSP, WSO-CSSD, manager, system safety, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Transit System Hazard Analysis – A Post Mortem

  • David A. Anderson, P.Eng., RAMS engineer, CH2M HILL, New York, NY

The Safety Case as a Living Document to Manage the System Safety Program

  • Sue Cox, system safety manager, Delcan Corporation, Markham, ON

Improving Safety Performance Comparisons Among Transportation Modes

  • Rachel Liu, Ph.D., AICP, P.E., principal, Watchung Transportation LLC, Westfield, NJ

Technologies Supporting Rail Security…What Works?

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Experiences and success stories as organizations invest in security technology

There will never be enough police and other personnel available to practically provide the layers of security needed to protect passengers, employees, and infrastructures. Technology has provided us with valuable tools, but technologies are evolving and their applications are expanding. Attend this session to get the latest on what technologies are now available and how they are being used.

Moderator

  • Barry C. Einsig, chair, APTA Wireless Communications Subcommittee; chair, Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council; and transportation market director, Harris Corporation, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Alfredo Perez, vice president of sales, Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs), Reston, VA
  • Chanan Graf, chief executive officer, G. Team Security Ltd., Ra’anana, Israel
  • James D. Spiller, chief of police, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Walt Bonneau Jr., M.E., president & general manager, security, Cubic Corporation, San Diego, CA

How is the Rail Market Changing?

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Trends that affect rail service

The session focuses on trends in the rail market and the implications for planning. It will examine how the introduction of rail can change an agency’s customer base, as well as how changing economic and demographic factors impact our target customers and the characteristics of transit-oriented development.

Moderator

  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC

Transit Planning for Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y / Millennials

  • John Carter Danish, chairman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

How is the Rail Transit Market Changing and How Can We Respond Positively to These Changes?

  • Bill G. Lambert, M.Plg, M.PA, MCIP, manager, sustainable transportation, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Vancouver, BC

METRO Light Rail: Changing Transit Markets in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area

  • Abhishek Dayal, planner III, Valley Metro Rail, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Implications of Economic and Demographic Changes on Transit Oriented Developments and Ridership

  • James L. Prost, AICP, principal, BBP & Associates LLC, Annapolis, MD

Integrating High-Speed Rail in Existing Corridors

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A win-win for passengers, the economy, and the environment

There is no single template for upgrading existing rail corridors to integrate high- and higher-speed passenger service. Hear about the characteristics that set each corridor apart and learn about the integration plans that will bring myriad benefits to communities around the country.

Moderator

  • Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO, General Electric Company, Lawrence Park, PA

Panelists

  • Philip G. Pasterak, P.E., transit & rail manager-central, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, IL
  • Stephen J. Gardner, vice president, policy and development, Amtrak, Washington, DC
  • Don A. Sepulveda, executive officer, regional rail, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Neil Peterson, consultant to FRA on intercity passenger rail, and executive advisor, CH2M HILL, Seattle, WA

Streamlining Project Development in a Multimodal Environment

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Putting a spotlight on efficient project delivery

The planning and project development of multimodal corridors are becoming more prevalent as regions consider replacing and or building new infrastructure. The session focuses on examples of streamlining project delivery and some of the challenges in the environmental review, alternatives analysis, and funding and financing. Hear from FTA award winners who excelled in environmental streamlining and hear lessons learned in the process.

Moderator

  • James D. Parsons, co-chair, APTA Environmental Planning Subcommittee, and principal consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Bellevue, WA

Panelists

  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, vice chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and senior vice president, director of strategic investments for transportation, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • Dave R. Unsworth, deputy director, Portland-Milwaukie LRT Project, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Bridget Wieghart, manager, corridor planning, Metro, Portland, OR
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, vice president, rail planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Matt Sheldon, AICP, light rail development manager, Lynnwood Link Extension Project, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Products & Services Showcase

12 - 3 p.m.

(includes lunch; tickets required)

Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2012 Rail Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the rail products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of rail equipment and services.

Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc. and APTA.

Interactive Presentations

2 - 3 p.m.

Enjoy participating in the informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders.

DART: From Paratransit to Mobility Management for Persons with Disabilities

  • Marion Denney, senior manager, mobility management/planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Minimizing Project Risks Through the Establishment of Effective Project Controls

  • Patrick J. Watz, P.E., associate vice president, AECOM, St. Paul, MN

Today's Buy America: Is 80 the New 60?

  • Robert F. Nixon, president, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY

Electrical Design of a Rail Transit System Based upon the Criteria, "Safety by Design"

  • Dev Paul, senior program manager, AECOM, Oakland, CA

Development of Light Rail Crash Prediction and Hazard Index Models: Model Parameter Considerations

  • Pamela Fischhaber, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

Electronic Ticketing for eMobility

  • Christoph Herzog, chief operating officer, BLIC North America Inc., Washington, DC

Open Technology for Investment Protection

  • Carsten Puls, COO, SYTECSA, Doral, FL

Public Transportation Tracking System Powered by Mobile Phones

  • Kyle Taylor, undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • Brett Mccormick, undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Honolulu Rail Transit Project Delivery Methods

  • Harvey L. Berliner, P.E., deputy project officer, engineering and construction, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, InfraConsult LLC, Honolulu, HI

Mass Transit within the Urban Fabric

  • High school students from Architect, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentor Group, Dallas, TX

Next Generation Mobility Management Utilizing Connected Vehicle Capabilities

  • Yehuda Gross, program manager, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Application of Pedestrian Micro-Simulation to Rail Station Design

  • Mark C. Walker, AICP, principal professional associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY

RTD's Eagle P3 East Corridor, 3 Moblility Challenges (DIA, DUS, Reoria-Smith)

  • Walt Stringer, senior manager, commuter rail, Regional Transportaton District, Denver, CO

Making Asset Management Work for Your Organization, FTA Transit Asset Management Guidance Manual

  • Lauren Isaac, consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA

Communications Systems

3 - 4:30 p.m.

The challenges of implementing new technology and making systems work 24/7

As advanced technology continues to expand its role in today’s rail environment, data has become a key issue and means of exchanging data are dominating the stage. Communications platforms such as long term evolution (LTE) and spectrum availability issues are compelling and demanding greater resources. These issues will be discussed in the communications session.

Moderator

  • William Everett, manager, business development, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD

The Spectrum Challenge for New Public Transportation Communications

  • David Turner, president, Turner Engineering Corporation, Venice, CA

Standardization vs. Customization for Communications Systems in Passenger Rail

  • Steven Marc Ojalvo, business development manager – passenger information systems North America, Luminator Technology Group, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC

PTC Spectrum, Will There be Enough?

  • Karl Witbeck, senior associate, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Why Rail Transportation Needs Long Term Evolution (LTE)

  • Barry C. Einsig, chair, APTA Wireless Communications Subcommittee; chair, Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council; and transportation market director, Harris Corporation, Washington, DC

Rolling Stock Equipment Part 1: Fleet Asset Management & Practices

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Maintenance programs that stretch the asset life of rail vehicles

With a large fleet of aging railcars in use by agencies comes the challenges of doing more with less and achieving/maintaining a state of good repair for rolling stock. Different approaches are being tried to address maintenance modeling, prediction, and remediation measures. This session includes the pros and cons of different maintenance approaches, methods to stretch budgets and asset life, models for continuous maintenance programs, optimization of operation, and managing the obsolescence of parts and equipment.

Moderator

  • Gavin Fraser, C.Eng, acting chair & secretary, APTA Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum, and senior director, vehicle engineering, CH2M HILL, Boston, MA

Railcar Life Cycle Management Best Practices -- Actionable Research Results

  • Thierry Prate, principal consultant, strategic consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Denver, CO

Implementing Predictive Maintenance for a Growing Railway Fleet

  • Davinder Singh Dhatt, B. Eng, senior maintenance strategy officer, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON
  • Thomas H. O’Brien, director, business development, KLD Labs, Inc., Huntington Station, NY

Condition of the PATCO Car Body Structures as Determined During Overhaul

  • John A. Janiszewski, senior engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Transit Systems Use Recycling to Reduce Maintenance Costs

  • Steve M. Watt, president, Maxwell Industries R & D, Inc., Ventura, CA
  • Ralph E. Malec, sales consultant, Maxwell Industries, Ventura, CA

Session sponsored by CH2M HILL.

Fitness for Duty

3 - 4:30 p.m.

An essential program for wellness and reducing operator fatigue

Rail agencies are dedicated to provide safe, dependable, and efficient transportation for their customers. To achieve this, each agency has implemented measures to ensure that employees and contractors are fit for performing essential duties on the job without posing a risk to themselves, other workers, and the traveling public. Learn how transit agencies are tackling tough challenges such as fitness for duty, fatigue, hours of service, absenteeism, and wellness.

Moderator

  • Kenneth A. Korach, JD, president, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Fatigue Awareness at NYCT

  • Tony Abdallah, manager, rules compliance & standards, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Bill McClellan, director of light rail operations, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston,MA

Are Your Operators Fit for Duty?

  • Harry Saporta, CSP, PE, executive director, safety and security, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Alertness Between the Agency and Contractor

  • Bradley Barkman, chair, APTA Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee, and director, operations, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Don Saunders, chief operating officer, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL

Prioritizing Rail in the Region

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Strategies and partnerships for revitalizing and transforming regions

The session focuses on rail agencies’ planning processes for future expansion of rail in a regional context. How do they prioritize corridors for consideration of new rail extensions and expansions? How are transit agencies partnering with cities, MPOs, economic development interests, and others in the long-range planning and programming process? Hear from transit agencies in the U.S. and Canada on their planning processes and considerations for extending rail and creating regional systems.

Moderator

  • Kimberly Slaughter, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and senior vice president, service design & development, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Integrating Strategic Land Use Planning and Fixed Guideway Transit in a Resort Community

  • Karen Waterman, transit development officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA

Hamilton, Ontario – Revitalizing, Reconnecting, and Regenerating Through LRT

  • Ashley Curtis, associate, Steer Davies Gleave, Toronto, ON

Transforming GO Transit -- From Commuter to Regional Rail

  • Trevor Anderson, senior planning officer, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON

North Sound Regional Rail

  • Justin Fox, chief of rail studies, CDM Smith, San Francisco, CA

Buy America: What IS Reasonable for U.S. Workers AND Rail Systems?

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Creating new jobs and U.S. sourcing

In this period of high unemployment, finding new jobs for U.S. workers is important and for projects funded by U.S. taxpayers, creating new jobs is critical. In spite of the rich history that the U.S. has in building railroads and railcars, today there are some products that simply can’t be purchased from a U.S. supplier and FTA is not inclined to grant Buy America waivers. It’s a real problem for railcar builders and for contractors that build light rail tracks, as well as for the rail agencies that are federal grantees. This session will focus on what products are hard to source in the U.S., what can be done to make U.S. sourcing easier, and what is a reasonable expectation for U.S. content in our new rail systems.

Moderator

  • Jeff Coppedge, director, administration & finance, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

  • Charles R. Wochele, chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and vice president, industry & government relations, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., West Henrietta, NY
  • John Bollier, president and CEO, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Alameda, CA
  • Jayme L. Blakesley, attorney-advisor, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Stephen R. Banta, chief executive officer, Valley Metro RPTA, Phoenix, AZ
  • David C. Stieren, manager, technology accelerations, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Gaithersburg, MD

Delivering Integrated Systems: Strategies for Success

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Approaches, tools, and examples for complex projects

Integrating systems requires a careful attention to detail, solid approaches, and comprehensive tools. This session will look at how to start an integration project properly, how to control the project using interface management, and what to look for on the commercial side of public transit capital acquisitions. We will highlight a successful project that applied an integrated systems approach to a train control system. This session will provide you with tools you need to bring a systems engineering approach to integrating your projects.

Moderator

  • Anne O’Neil, P.E., CSEP, chief systems engineer, capital program management, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Specifying Systems Requirements While Living in a CSI World

  • Jonathan D. Hulse, P.Eng., principal and director, engineering, Delcan Corporation, Markham, ON

Integrated Systems Approach for Train Control and SCADA Systems

  • David Springstead, senior director of maintenance, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Importance of Adequate Interface Management & Systems Integration

  • Navin S. Sagar, P.E., vice president, HDR Engineering, Inc., Denver, CO

Integrating Systems Engineering into the Commercial Aspects of the Public Transit

  • Kenneth McDonald, senior engineering manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, GA

Contracting: In-House or Outsourcing for Operations & Maintenance

3 - 4:30 p.m.

What decision is right for you?

Over 30 years, a trend has developed in the provision of operations and maintenance services for urban and commuter rail systems. Agencies evaluate the cost effectiveness of operating and maintaining services with agency personnel or contracting out to a private entity. Hear from agencies and their contract service partners which factors and circumstances have been best addressed by contracting out.

Moderator

  • Norman A. Forde, associate, senior project manager, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

  • Jarod V. Varner, vice president, bus operations, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
  • Danny Daughrity, general manager, Herzog Transit Services, Inc. — Trinity Railway Express, Irving, TX
  • Bradley Barkman, director, operations, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Overcoming Labor-Management Challenges: Finding Common Ground Through Collaborative Projects

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Turning roadblocks into paths towards success

Rail and labor leaders have unprecedented challenges – a down economy, budget shortfalls, the impact of reduced service, layoffs, rising healthcare costs, attendance challenges, compliance with local, state and national laws, and more. This session features three success stories that demonstrate the outcomes of vision, leadership, hard work, and compromise when labor and management work together:

  • Keeping the shop work in house: Streamlining job descriptions, creating career ladders, creating promotional opportunities
  • State-wide grant: maximizing resources and results
  • Labor management partnerships that have saved jobs

In this session, find answers and hear stories of achieving similar successes.

Moderator

  • Tawnya Moore-McGee, vice chair, APTA Human Resources Committee, and assistant general manager, Human Resources Division, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

Redesigning Rail Vehicle Maintenance Jobs

  • John Jamison, assistant chief railroad officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Operating Joint Labor-Management Training Programs

  • Kerry Kopp, trainer - light rail vehicle maintenance, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Jim Lindsay, recording secretary, ATU Local 1277, Los Angeles, CA

Labor Management Partnerships that Have Saved Jobs

  • Michael D. Jones Jr., senior manager, HR operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Kenneth Day, president, ATU Local 1338, Dallas TX

Safety Culture Job #1 for Policy & C-Level Leaders

3 - 4:30 p.m.

While safety is everyone’s job, it starts in the executive suite. How does the CEO get to every level, every employee?

Successful application of safety culture in our rail systems remains contingent upon our ability to define and be engaged in it at all levels of the organization. One challenge for managers is identifying how safety culture is ingrained into the strategic vision and incorporated into daily operations. How do managers put this into effect at every level? How can we apply safety culture toward the goal of reducing accidents and incidents? What is the role of the board? For a safety culture to thrive, it must have the executive’s leadership and accountability. Please join our distinguished panel for a discussion about one of our industry’s most pressing concerns. Gain insight on a way forward through the sharing of ‘lessons learned.’

Moderator

  • Mortimer L. Downey, III, second vice chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; chairman, PB Consult; and president, Mort Downey Consulting LLC, Vienna, VA

Panelists

  • Thomas F. Prendergast, president, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Carl Desrosiers, chief executive officer, Societe de Transport de Montreal, Montreal, QC
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, vice chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Commuter Rail Committee

Chair, Gerald R. Hanas


Tuesday, June 5

Conference Registration Desk
Host information Desk

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

8 - 9:30 a.m.

R&T Emerging Technology Subcommittee

Chair, Angela Miller

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Business Member Resource Room
TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Capital Project Updates

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Presented at half-hour intervals, projects are in the stages of planning, design, construction, or operation.

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Development of Qatar’s New LRT System: Ready for World Cup 2022

  • Mohammad El-Shrafi, P.E., rail & transit senior project manager, Qatar Railway Company, Doha, Qatar

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Transit 2015: Creating Our Future

  • Michael A. Allegra, general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

9 - 9:30 a.m.
Charlotte Transit Capital Updates

  • John M. Muth, P.E., deputy director, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

9:30 - 10 a.m.
North Shore Connector — Getting to Revenue Service

  • Keith A. Wargo, assistant general manager, engineering and technical support, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Red Line Status and Expansion Plans for Austin

  • Douglas Allen, chair, APTA Policy & Planning Committee, and executive vice president & chief development officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Structure in the Development of a New Rail Passenger Station and U.S. Port of Entry Susan K. Sherwood, project manager, Wendel, Buffalo, NY

  • Thomas DeSantis, senior planner, City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY Phil A. Hancock, J.D., government affairs, Amtrak, Washington, DC

11 - 11:30 a.m.
AMT’s Vision 2020 & Commuter Trains in Greater Montreal

  • Stéphane Lapierre, vice president-operations, AMT Montreal (Agence Metropolitaine de transport), Montreal, QC

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area’s Light Rail Projects

  • Mark Fuhrmann, deputy general manager, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Signal Systems

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Reliability, maintenance, flexibility, integration

The topics incorporated in this session reflect the next generation of technology currently being deployed in support of transit signal systems. Advanced versions of communications-based signal systems and updated system evaluation tools are on the agenda.

Moderator

  • Robert A. MacDonald, director, engineering services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA

Automatic Train Control at the Port Authority Trans-Hudson

  • Stuart A. Landau, system engineer, signal and train control, CH2M HILL, Parsippany, NJ

On-Line Simulation Systems AFTC and CBTC

  • Bjorn Conrad, senior systems engineer, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA

SEPTA Light Rail CBTC Project

  • Michael Monastero, assistant chief engineer, communications & signals, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Integration and Future of CBTC/PTC vs. Conventional Signaling

  • David F. Thurston, P.E., vice president - Systems Sector, Parsons Transportation Group, Philadelphia, PA

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

Energy, Environment & Rail

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Wayside & onboard energy conservation and renewable sources

The efficient utilization of energy for railcar propulsion continues to gain interest, including the development of both onboard and wayside energy storage applications. Results are now becoming available that show the potential benefit of sharing wayside energy storage substations to satisfy the joint needs of transit agencies and electric utilities. This session will also provide an historical survey of off-wire streetcar operation and a discussion of how recent advances in energy storage technologies are changing the equation of streetcar energy management. Application of renewable energy sources for directly powering propulsion systems as well as new battery technologies are also previewed.

Moderator

  • Charles Henri Beauvoir, vice president, AECOM, San Francisco, CA

Practical Off-Wire Streetcar Operation

  • John D. Swanson, senior engineering manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Diego, CA

SEPTA Recycled Energy Optimization Project with Regenerative Braking Energy Storage

  • Andrew Gillespie, chief engineer, power, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Sodium Nickel Energy Storage Technology for Rail and Public Transportation -- The Future of Electric

  • Matthew Maroon, senior product manager-transportation applications, GE Energy Storage - GE Transportation, Schenectady, NY

Implementing a Renewable Energy Policy for High-Speed Rail Operations

  • Margaret Cederoth, AICP, LEED AP, lead planner, sustainability, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, IL

Rolling Stock Equipment Part 2: Vehicle Technology & Procurement

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Staying ahead in vehicle performance

New railcar technologies have emerged off the drawing board and into operation. This session reviews new technologies for vehicles and subsystems, including discussions of new advancements on the horizon. New vehicles have lower weight, improved energy regeneration utilization, and new designs to meet crashworthiness requirements. Discussions also chart the evolution of vehicle suspension design and the effect on ride, performance, and stability.

Moderator

  • James C. Cline Jr., P.E., president, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

Passenger Rail Vehicle Suspension System Design - Past, Present, and Future

  • Philip M. Strong, principal, PS Consulting, Mastic Beach,, NY

The New Siemens High-Speed ACS64 Electric Locomotive

  • Dave Ward, locomotive and components senior director, Siemens Industry Inc., Rail Systems Division, Sacramento, CA

Bombardier Multi-Level Vehicle

  • Luc St. Laurent, Eng., product manager, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC

Maintenance Practices for Reliability

8:30 - 10 am.

Programs and products for monitoring, repair, and replacements

Safe, reliable service comes from consistently good practices in the maintenance department. Hear the experts discuss maintenance initiatives vs. ‘run to failure,’ state of good repair challenges, using a paperless system for track inspection, providing the ability to quickly analyze inspection data, and the use of modern technology with sensors and monitoring equipment for detecting early signs of vehicle degradation and failures.

NOTE: The video recording of this session will be posted to APTA's website soon after the conference.

Moderator
  • John Squitieri, deputy general manager, light rail operations, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Paperless Track Inspection for Transit Systems

  • Rick Bellew, deputy general manager, M.O.W, Herzog/TransitAmerica Services Inc., Oceanside, CA
  • David Graves, project engineer, ENSCO, Inc., Springfield, VA

Rolling Stock Equipment & Maintenance - Fiscal Challenges for Rail Transit Operators

  • Gary W. Campbell, program manager, transit and rail, CH2M HILL, Boston, MA

Safely Secure Bolted Joints in Critical Applications

  • Maxime Thonnerieux, global R&D director, NORD-LOCK International, Saint-Priest, France

Integration of Key Maintenance Activities for Improved Reliability, Safety, and Cost Reduction

  • Gorka Parada, sales director, CAF Spain and NEM Solutions, Donostia, Spain

Cyber Security & Hacking: Should Rail Systems be Concerned?

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Cyber security is something that’s only an issue for big banks and the CIA...right? Think again.

In the world of cyber security, preparation and prevention are infinitely better strategies than recovery-only strategies, but what are the consequences of not having a preventive strategy in place? Which is better – an offensive or a defensive strategy? What standards and practices used in other industries can rail organizations use to help withstand cyber attacks? Join this panel of industry professionals and benefit from their experiences and information sharing as we try to develop a better understanding of the threats to the rail industry and the resources being developed.

Moderator

  • Darryl Song, project manager/principal investigator, Volpe Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA

Understanding the Threat We All Face

  • MacDonnell (Don) Ulsch, chief executive officer, ZeroPoint Risk Research, LLC, Boston, MA

Supporting the Defense of Cyberspace in Transit: The TSA Perspective

  • Kelley Bray, branch chief, cyber security awareness and outreach, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

Controlling Access to your Systems: Enterprise Cyber Security Working Group Update

  • Rodney Dor, PMP, CISA, CISSP, information systems – senior security analyst, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Securing Critical Communications: Control and Communications Cyber Workgroup Update

  • Leigh Weber, CISSP, principal, Weber Consulting Services, LLC, Harleysville, PA

The Department of Homeland Security’s Control Systems Security Program (CSSP)

  • Darryl Song

Engaging Diverse Communities in the Planning Process

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Putting a spotlight on environmental justice and Title VI populations

The session focuses on innovative, creative, and proactive public engagement programs in station, corridor, and service plans. Hear presentations on meaningful public involvement. Join the discussion on best practices for listening and responding to Title VI and environmental justice communities.

Moderator

  • Ann Becklund, director, community relations, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Panelists

  • Anne C. Morris, senior project manager, Atkins, Columbia, SC
  • Anil Verma, AIA, president, Anil Verma Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Sharon Moore, manager of EEO, Title VI & environmental justice programs, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA 
  • Lawrence Meshack, senior manager, community affairs, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Alternative Delivery

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Weighing into the mix the experiences, funding, local laws, contracts in different circumstances

There are several ways to deliver systems based on agency needs, local requirements, and federal input. What is the owner’s role in alternative delivery implementation? Hear experiences on administration of alternate delivery contracts, experiences with the relationships that need to be developed with local governments and contractors, and environmental clearances. A robust method for scoring proposals and selecting designers and contractors, and the circumstances under which a certain mix of delivery methods is appropriate in the same project will be discussed.

Moderator

  • Claudia Elliott, chair, APTA Capital Projects Subcommittee, and vice president, LKG-CMC, Inc., Glendale, CA

VTA BART Extension to Berryessa Successful Alternate Delivery Procurement

  • Carolyn M. Gonot, P.E., chief SVRT program officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

How to Choose Your Dance Partner -- Design-Build Contractor Selection, Lessons Learned

  • Kam F. Shadan, M.S., P.E., vice president, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Mill Valley, CA

Factors to Selecting an Alternative Delivery

  • John I. Taylor, senior project manager/associate vice president, AECOM, Houston, TX

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

Positive Train Control -- Institutional Approaches

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Insights from commuter rail providers & other industry leaders

Now that the rail industry is well into the effort to implement PTC, many technical and timing issues have become pressing. The availability of PTC-ready software, hardware and equipment, and restricted bandwidth are leading concerns. How are all the moving parts working together – or not – in the implementation of PTC?

Moderator

  • Allison I. Fultz, associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Alfred J. Woodfin, department manager-systems and analysis, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM
  • Kevin J. O’Connor, vice president & general manager of rail operations, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • George Hartman, specialist, Signal & Train Control Division, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • David A. Male, P.E., vice president & chief engineer, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

DBE & Small Business Programs Compliance -- How Are We Doing?

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Are our DBE programs a success or can we do better?

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs have become almost second nature to our industry and have contributed to the vitality and success of the industry. In this session, the panel will present their views on how our DBE programs are doing and then the audience will be asked to share their observations on the successes and challenges associated with DBE programs. What do you think? Come and share your thoughts about how our industry’s DBE programs are doing, if they need work, and how that could be done.

Moderator

  • Huelon A. Harrison, chair, APTA Business Member Small Business Committee; vice chair, APTF; and principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Charles Wochele, chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and vice president, industry & government relations, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., West Henrietta, NY
  • Delon Hampton, Ph.D., P.E., chairman, Delon Hampton & Associates, Chartered, Washington, DC
  • linda Ford, acting director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Phillip A. Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Evalynn Williams, president/chief executive officer, Dikita Engineering, Dallas, TX
  • Thomas R. Waldron, senior vice president, Americas director- transit & rail, AECOM Transportation, New York, NY

Implementing the PTC Technology -- Technical Issues

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Procurement & deployment of positive train control system

Get up to date on the ever-changing landscape of PTC. As time goes on and the various technologies to be employed begin to mature, the tasks of system verification and system interoperability are coming forward. A status update on these and other PTC issues will be discussed.

Moderator

  • Nick LaRocco, PTC program manager, vice president, Parsons Corporation, New York, NY

PTC Technical Issues

  • Gary K. Pruitt, senior director, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD

PTC Integration

  • Robert G. Ayers, president, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC, Richmond, VA

PTC Freight Railroad Perspective

  • Gordon B. Mott, program manager - PTC policy, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC

On-Board High-Speed Wireless for Mobile Data and PTC

  • David G. Armour, director, transportation technologies, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

Track & Rail Research

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Predicting, testing, and implementing

This session addresses the application of embedded track design, new fasteners, hydrology, and models to predict vehicle dynamic response. Learn about new performance-based track geometry inspection methods together with validation test data being introduced to help prioritize maintenance, identify problem track areas, and reduce rail wear. Also discussed will be field experience with block rail as an alternative to T-rail that is showing promise in a Portland, Oregon application.

Moderator

  • Richard Brown, P.E., chair, APTA Track and Noise/Vibration Technical Forum, and senior director/chief engineer, engineering & major capital programs, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Performance Based Track Geometry; Simulation and Testing of Vehicle Dynamic Response on Three Types of Slab Track

  • Charity Duran Ketchum, senior engineer II, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO

Portland Streetcar SW Moody Ave. Project: The First Block Rail Embedded Track Installed in the U.S.

  • Daniel Abernathy, project manager, HDR Engineering, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Bill Bruce, vice president, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Portland, OR

Experimental and Numerical Analyses for Vehicle-Track-Bridge Interaction Problem

  • Lawrence Tseng, business advisor, Overseas Business Center, CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Neihu District, Taiwan

Rail Service During Special Events & Extreme Weather

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Experiences and tactics

What do rail operators do best — operate their train services at all times and in all conditions. In hail or snow, hurricanes or floods, Super Bowl or other special events, the customer expects and deserves the best service that can be offered. Come hear industry experts talk about software that can assist in real-time dispatching, coping with three to four times the daily ridership on opening weekend, and dealing with all that nature can throw at them.

Moderator

  • Patrick Brouard, director, start-up & testing, program integration capital projects, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Automated Real-time Dispatching Support

  • Joao P. Martins, administrator, SISCOG - Sistemas Cognitivos, SA, Lisbon, Portugal

A Tale of Irene, Baseball & Santa

  • Karen Waterman, transit development officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA

RTD-Denver's Success Delivering Special Service -- Snow or No Snow

  • Austin Jenkins, assistant general manager, rail operations, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO

We Did It Our Way

  • Gary Howard, director-rail transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Planning for DART's Annual Super Bowl Event - The State Fair of Texas and Texas/OU Football Game

  • Lawrence Gaul, assistant vice president, rail operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

How Attention to 'Broken Windows' & 'All Hazards' Sets the Foundation for Rail Security

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Back to basics

Tighter economic times are reinforcing the notion of gaining a better ‘Return On Investment’ as we develop strategies that position us to address daily security, counter-terrorism, and all manners of natural and operational hazards. In our post 9/11 world, we have seen a significant focus on countering the potential of terrorist attacks. DHS security grants to transit requires that the grants be used to address the threat of terrorism. But, is transit security a continuum that begins with attention to daily needs? Join our panel to hear their perspectives and benefit from their experience in addressing our threat exposures and understanding where their investments in human and physical resources are focused to provide security in their services and work environments.

Moderator

  • Paul MacMillan, chair, APTA Committee on Public Safety, and chief of police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Panelists

  • Ronald Keele, director, Office of Safety and Security, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Ronald J. Masciana, general manager, mass transit, Transportation Security Administration, Washington, DC
  • Anthony Mercogliano, assistant director, security program management, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY

Why Do Good Employees Sometimes Violate Key Operating Rules?

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Identifying human error and potential contributing factors in rail operations

We are learning that certain conditions present in our work environments can create situations where critical errors are likely to occur. These may relate to adaptive responses to the work environment or to attention errors that are often described in accident reports as rule violations caused by ‘carelessness’ or ‘loss of situational awareness.’ Is it possible that workplace conditions (such as repetitive tasks) exist or preoccupation with the intense nature of our work and daily life can draw us away from the task at hand? Join us for this leading-edge discussion that will help us gain insight into the root causes of attention-related procedural errors that lead to accidents and injuries in safety-critical situations. This session will also feature potential mitigation strategies that can be implemented, in the short-term, to reduce your risk and exposure to critical errors in your operations.

NOTE: The video recording of this session will be posted to APTA's website soon after the conference.

Moderator

  • William R. Mooney Sr., chair, APTA Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee, and vice president, H. W. Lochner, Inc., Chicago, IL

Safety Culture versus Rules Compliance: Is There a Difference?

  • Dennis Bonney, CSSD, director, regulatory compliance, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON

FAMES Group

  • Rick Inclima, director of safety, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Washington, DC
  • Michael Woods, railroad safety specialist, Signals and Train Control Division, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

The Science of Human Attention: Mitigating Attention-related Errors in Public Transit Rail Operations

  • Randall D. Jamieson, managing director, Atticus Consulting Group LLC, Austin, TX
  • Dr. Daniel Smilek, principal, Atticus Consulting Group LLC, Austin, TX

Managing PPP Transactions for the Public Interest

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Inside information on public-private partnerships from Denver, Long Island, and Toronto

Join this session to review infrastructure financing options that work in different situations. Learn more about attracting private sector interest, how investors assess opportunities, and the return on investment. Project case studies will illustrate key concepts for rail agencies in initiating and managing asuccessful public-private partnership. This session will provide an update of some of the breakthrough PPPs now underway in North America.

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee, and managing partner, InfraConsult LLC, Los Angeles, LA

Denver Eagle Project

  • Damian Carey Sr., design manager, RTD Eagle P3 Project, and senior project manager, Jacobs, Denver, CO

Long Island Rail Road Project

  • Neil S. Yellin, vice president, MTA Long Island Railroad, Jamaica, NY

Metrolinx LRT Projects in Toronto

  • Jack Collins, vice president, rapid transit implementation, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON

Mobility Management for Sustainable Communities

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Integration, seamless transportation, and a rail nexus for sustainable communities

Mobility management promotes seamless transportation via the coordination of transportation operators, service providers, local authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, and developers. Rail provides unique opportunities in the next generation of mobility management, which looks more comprehensively at integrating transportation into the community. Using a foundation of livability principles, projects are underway that provide a mix of services

and housing options within easy access to rail transportation. The session will focus on how mobility management can move a community toward livability and sustainability by integrating ‘last mile’ services with other providers, parking management, and mixed income/mixed use development. Sustainable communities’ grants and initiatives with a rail nexus will be addressed.

Moderator

  • Sarah A. Kline, co-chair, APTA Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee, and policy director, Reconnecting America, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Don Koski, AICP, community planner, Federal Transit Administration, Fort Worth, TX
  • Ron Menguita, development review liaison, City of Denton, TX
  • Doug Douglas, vice president, paratransit, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Lucy Galbraith, manager, transit oriented development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Kimberly Slaughter, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and senior vice president, service design & development, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Life Cycle Approaches to Delivering Integrated Systems

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Applying systems engineering thinking

Starting with requirements and moving throughout the life cycle of acquired capital equipment, applying systems engineering principles and approaches can help successfully deliver integrated systems. In this session we will study examples of projects that will deliver practical advice – tangible examples that serve as takeaways for other properties and project teams. See how careful preparation and adherence to the complete life cycle can bring success to your project.

Moderator

  • Kathryn Pett, J.D., innovative project delivery, project development lead, transportation, CH2M HILL, Washington, DC

Replacement of MTA Long Island Rail Road's Hog Island Channel and Powell Creek Bridges

  • Leo Fernandez, P.E., project manager, TranSystems Corporation, New York, NY

Improving Project Management to Realize Successful Outcomes by Focusing on Requirements

  • Timothy Stokes, senior principal, Delcan Corporation, Vienna, VA

Project Lifecycle Approach to Design-Build Delivery

  • Chris Masters, assistant vice president, program delivery, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Successful Integration of Complex Signaling and Car Projects

  • Douglas A. Dreisbach, program manager, railcar & signal projects, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Harrison, NJ

GENERAL FORUM
Mid-level Manager Development: An Executive Round Table

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Transit executives understand the need to develop our industry’s mid-level managers. Come hear how

The leadership of three multi-modal agencies in Los Angeles, Denver, and Dallas created a cooperative, year-long, inter-agency program to develop their mid-level managers. Learn how the three agencies worked together on the curricula and program to help their newer, mid-level managers build management skills. Hear the benefits of the program’s inter-agency visits which helped the mid-level managers understand how similarly sized organizations address their projects and challenges. Understand the value of this program in helping the managers build a strong peer network. Engage in lively conversations about this innovative program and how you might replicate this model program with other transit organizations.

Presiding

  • Faye Moses-Wilkins, board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Presenters

  • Arthur T. leahy, chair, APTA Bus Standards Policy & Planning Committee, and chief executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Phillip Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

GENERAL LUNCHEON
What’s Next? Game Changers for Rail Service

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Though the tough economy over the past couple of years has challenged the rail industry, there are a number of drivers that bode well for public transportation in the coming years. Demographic trends, economic trends, and trends in real estate all point to an ever-growing role for public transportation. A panel of experts will discuss the trends in our favor and why transit is poised for rapid growth in the coming decades. Moderator

  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Sponsor Recognition

  • Peter Gertler, AICP, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Program Subcommittee, and senior vice president, high speed rail services chair, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA

Panelists

  • Uwe Brandes, senior vice president, initiatives, Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • Richard R. Sarles, general manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Chris Vein, assistant director, Office of Technology, The White House, Washington, DC
  • Jacky Grimshaw, vice president of policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, IL
  • James M. Crites, executive vice president, operations, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport, TX

American Public Transportation Foundation — Building Leadership for the Future

  • Huelon A. Harrison, vice chair, APTF, and principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
  • Robert E. Furniss, vice president, Bombardier Transportation, Winter Springs, FL

Invitation to 2013 Rail Conference

  • Joseph Casey, general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

 General Luncheon sponsored by HNTB Corporation and APTA.

Fare Collection Architectures for Mobile Phones

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Implementing the future fare collection media here today

New architecture models for mobile phone applications, including those that promote competition within the payment space, are being debuted around the world. New approaches are discussed to address POP applications, payment, ticketing, and easy adoption of mobile technologies.

Moderator

  • David Leininger, chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Mobile Phones in Transit – Current Use and Potentials

  • David DeKozan, vice president, business development, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Mobile Ticketing – Makes Taking Public Transit Trips So Much Easier!

  • Bruce Payne, manager, customer information products, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON
  • Larry Breen, business development director, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON

How the USA Can Benefit from UK Advances in Mobile Tickets -- Significantly Lower Cost Than Smartcard

  • Ben Whitaker, CEO, Masabi Ltd., London, England

Emerging Open Payment Technologies for Barrier-free Rail Systems

  • Julie R. Green, director, revenue systems, LTK Engineering Servcies, Ambler, PA

Session sponsored by Trapeze Group.

Rail Operating Practices

2:30 - 4 p.m.

New procedures, initiatives, and proven capabilities

Attend this need-to-know discussion on reshaping service with new procedures, integration of technologies in operations and safety, innovation in optimizing schedules to build ridership, developing skip-stops, and near-miss reporting.

Moderator

  • Lawrence Gaul, assistant vice president, rail operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Why Integration of Technologies is Vital for Rail Operations and Safety

  • Dominique Lemay, senior director-Metro, Societe de Transport de Montreal, QC

Ride the Guadalupe Express to Silicon Valley

  • Edward B. Pollan, P.E., senior engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Sacramento's Near-Miss Reporting Program

  • Vern Barnhart, director, light rail, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA

Optimizing Schedules to Build Ridership, Increase Reliability, Increase Service Area, & Lower Operating Costs

  • Damon Blythe, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT

Grade Crossing Safety — A Continuing Pursuit

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Total grade separation is rarely possible, and that leaves us with the challenge to introduce practical measures to reduce safety risks.

Rail and pedestrian/motorist safety, plus operational and structural challenges and interfaces at grade crossings, are a continual challenge through the conceptual design, engineering, and operational phases of both new and existing rail systems. For new lines and extensions, the challenge can be cultural—automobile drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who may not be accustomed to grade crossings and trains traveling at speed. To bring yourself up to date on the latest experiences, challenges, and developments in grade crossing safety, join this seasoned panel to benefit from their experiences and to learn about new measures being used.

Moderator

  • David A. Genova, assistant general manager-safety, security & facilities, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Panelists

  • Kevin O’Connor, vice president general manager-rail operations, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Jim Webb, civil engineer & project manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Darrell Johnson, deputy chief executive officer, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Moving from BRT to LRT

2:30 - 4 p.m.

What are the benefits? How do you address this in a larger planning process?

In some scenarios, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems were considered as precursors to light rail (LRT) systems when future circumstances permitted. When agencies discuss this progression, what are the considerations to explore? What is the real cost-benefit

for implementing BRT before LRT instead of building the LRT immediately? How is level boarding achieved between the two vehicle types without major station reconstruction? What are the critical drivers and decision points that move an agency to convert from one mode to the other? Come hear the approaches and lessons learned to determine for your situation whether these considerations were sufficient to support a successful transition.

Moderator

  • Paul Grether, manager of rail programs, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH

How BRT to LRT Conversions are Addressed in the Transit Corridor Planning Process

  • Bill G. Lambert, M.Plg., M.PA, MCIP, manager, sustainable transportation, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Calgary, AB

Design and TOD considerations for Transitioning from BRT to LRT

  • Cliff Henke, chair, APTA Business Member Government Affairs Committee, and senior analyst, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Arcadia, CA

BRT to LRT Lessons Learned in Seattle

  • James D. Parsons, AICP, principal consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Bellevue, WA

Crashworthiness Research, Standards Application & Structural Behavior

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Design for protection

New specifications for crashworthiness, such as new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Tier-I waiver and Tier-III alternative approaches for high-speed rail are emerging, as are standards for workstation tables, studies on the design of fuel tanks for DMUs, and standards for pushback couplers, etc. This session examines these new standards as well as advanced research of new materials and new methods for protecting passengers during catastrophic events.

Moderator

  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., director of technology, Wabtec Corporation, Spartanburg, SC

Overview of FRA Research on Passenger and Crew Protection in Train Accidents

  • David Tyrell, senior engineer, Volpe Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Jeffrey Gordon, mechanical engineer, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Engineering Task Force Procedures: A Carbuilder’s Experience

  • Alois Starlinger, Ph.D., head of structural analysis, testing & certification, Stadler Rail Group, Altenrhein, Switzerland

DMU Fuel Tank Standards Development

  • Christopher R. Walker, staff consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
  • Anthony R. Tofani, staff engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Composite Metal Foams in Energy Absorption Applications

  • Afsaneh Rabiei, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical & aerospace engineering, associate faculty, biomedical engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Railcars in Explosive Events: Understanding and Improving Performance

  • Robert H. Fries, Ph.D., principal investigator II, Transportation Technology Center, Pueblo, CO
  • Ian Bruce, senior engineer, Arup, San Francisco, CA

Emerging Technology

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Examining the unique issues in rail environments

New technology is exciting for the promise it brings – lower costs, efficient operations, etc. – but the rail environment is unique and many new technologies fail to achieve their goals. In this session, debating panelists will examine several new technologies and their application to the rail environment. From clean tech to the latest wireless tech to creative fare payments to military and security technology, each of these new-to-the-world or new-to-public-transportation technologies will be examined for their potential benefits, the issues with bringing them into the rail environment, and success strategies to ensure proper implementation and adoption.

Moderator

  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., chair, APTA Research & Technology Committee, and Western Division, rail systems director, HNTB Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Managing Video and Surveillance Information

  • Carrie Butler, senior planner, TranSystems Corporation, Boston, MA

Tunnel Safety and Next Generation Electronic Surveillance

  • Dave Gorshkov, CEO, Digital Grape Business Services Ltd., Lovedean, Hants, United Kingdom

Latest Developments in Technology of SMRT

  • Boram Kang, auditor general, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation-SMRT, Seoul, South Korea

So Who Really Needs a 'Fall-back' Signalling System with Communications-based Train Control?

  • Jonathan D. Hulse, P.Eng., principal and director, engineering, Delcan Corporation, Markham, ON

Path of Travel: Effective Approaches for Accessibility in Rail Stations & Intermodal Facilities

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Diverse strategies for accommodating riders with disabilities

Retrofitting accommodations for travelers with special needs can pose particular challenges at older rail stations and intermodal facilities. Hear how different rail carriers have addressed the design issues necessary to ease travel and provide universal level access. You’ll learn the creative approaches undertaken by intercity, commuter, heavy rail, and light rail systems to improve accessibility at existing rail stations and intermodal facilities that predate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Included will be strategies that respect the historical character of existing stations and facilitate level boarding on platforms.

Moderator

  • T.R. Hickey, AICP, co-chair, APTA Shared Use Working Group; vice chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee; and principal professional associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA

Amtrak’s Approach to Retrofitting Accessibility into Existing Station Facilities

  • Gary L. Talbot, program director-ADA, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA

The Challenges of ADA Accessibility at Older Rail Transit Stations --SEPTA’s Adaptive Approach

  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, assistant general manager, engineering, maintenance & construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert L. Lund Jr., senior director, capital construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Accommodating Passengers with Disabilities through Implementation of Level Boarding Program

  • David L. Ehrlicher, assistant vice president, facilities engineering, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Improve Accessibility for Patrons with Disabilities and Limited Abilities

  • Laura Timothy, manager of accessibility, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

Rebalancing Commuter Rail Level Boarding with Freight Clearance Requirements

  • David O. Nelson, director of transit planning, Jacobs Engineering Group, Boston, MA

Current Issues & Challenges in Rail Security

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

On-going and emerging security challenges

The past year has presented numerous security challenges to rail systems ranging from protesters using social media to disrupt services, thefts of metals and personal electronic devices, and aggressive passenger behavior. This interactive session will provide you with an opportunity to find out if others are experiencing the same issues that you face and to hear about measures used to successfully address these issues.

Moderator

  • James D. Spiller, chief of police, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Randy Clarke, director of security initiatives, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Leslie M. Campbell, deputy chief, Metro Transit Police Department, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Holly Perez, captain, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kenton W. Rainey, chief of transit police, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

High-Performance Corridors

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Accelerating rail in the U.S.

This year, this always standing-room-only session underscores that “high-speed” is simply the speed at which a traveler chooses rail over another mode. Come hear about a variety of projects that enhance the appeal of rail as the mode of choice.

Moderator

  • Peter Gertler, AICP, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Program Subcommittee, and senior vice president, high speed rail services chair, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA

Panelists

  • Jennifer Moczygemba, P.E., rail system section director, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX
  • Mitch Warren, executive director, Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission, Washington, DC
  • Tom Skancke, executive director, Western High Speed Rail Alliance, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hans Van Winkle, California High Speed Rail Authority program director, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, CA

DART Technical Tours

Sign up for the tour(s) of your choice at the host information desk in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

These two tours are offered on tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. two additional tours 1) TRE Commuter Rail Equipment and Maintenance Facility, and 2) Dallas Streetcar Projects are offered on Wednesday afternoon.

Orange Line Light Rail Construction

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

(35 person limit)

The Orange Line light rail corridor extends from Bachman Station on the Green Line, over the Trinity River, through the heart of the Las Colinas Urban Center within the City of Irving, and on through DFW International Airport, terminating at a rail station located adjacent to Terminal A.

This corridor is divided into three line sections. The first section, Irving-1, is 5.44 miles in length and contains three light rail stations: University of Dallas Station, Las Colinas Urban Center Station, and Irving Convention Center Station. This line section also includes the infrastructure for two deferred stations, located in the vicinity of the former Texas Stadium and in the vicinity of Teleport Blvd. on the east side of Las Colinas. Irving-1 terminates just east of the City of Irving’s recently constructed Convention Center, which will be serviced via the Irving Convention Center Station.

The second line section of this corridor, Irving-2, begins at the Irving Convention Center, extends over State Highway 114, past North Lake College, and onto the southern portion of DFW Airport property. This line section is 3.85 miles and contains two light rail stations: North Lake College Station and Belt Line Station. The Irving-1 and Irving-2 line sections are both included in the same design-build contract and have revenue service dates in July and December of 2012, respectively.

The final section of the Orange Line Corridor, Irving-3, begins just north of Belt Line Station, runs adjacent to DFW Airport’s southern runway system, continues northward toward State Highway 114,then turns southward along International Parkway, terminating at DFW Station. This 5.19 mile line section is contracted under a separate design-build contract from Irving-1 and Irving-2 and is scheduled for revenue service in December of 2014.

Tour participants should meet no later than 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Crossing exit of the Hyatt Hotel to board a bus for the tour.

Green Line Transit Oriented Development

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

(30 person limit)

Participants will board the light rail system for a guided tour of two of the most recent Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects along the newly opened Green Line. First on the tour is the redevelopment of a major medical center focused on transit connectivity and future residential, retail, and office expansion, all centered on the light rail station. The tour will then head up the line to Downtown Carrolton, the multi-modal junction of bus, light rail, and future commuter rail lines located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown and first mixed- use, TOD mid-way through construction. The tour includes key players from both station area developments who will discuss the advantage that transit access has given their projects.

Tour participants should meet in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel no later than 2:30 p.m.

Urban Circulator & Streetcar Peer Round Table

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Planning livable and sustainable corridors

USDOT Secretary LaHood’s livability initiative — and funding through the Department’s TIGER and Urban Circulator programs — has helped generate growing interest by cities and transit agencies in streetcar and bus circulator systems. This past January, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) held its first Streetcar/Bus Circulator Round Table in Portland, and APTA has established a technical assistance center to help promote the development of sound circulator systems. In this discussion, sponsors and stakeholders of existing and planned streetcar and bus circulator systems are encouraged to share with their peers the status of their project development efforts, challenges, and lessons learned. FTA staff will report on the outcomes from its January round table and facilitate a discussion on the potential content for a second round table meeting. The preliminary results of an APTA-sponsored survey of streetcar and bus circulator systems will be shared. Please join the lively conversation as we work together in support of local circulator planning efforts.

Facilitators

  • David Vozzolo, vice chair, APTA Policy & Planning Committee, and vice president, HDR Engineering, Inc., Vienna, VA
  • Sean M. libberton, director, Office of Capital Project Initiatives, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Discussants

  • William M. Velasco, II, board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Jay Kline, AICP, director, program development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Amy Pettine, special projects manager, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Providence, RI
  • Councillor Karen Stintz, chair, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
  • Stephen R. Banta, chief executive officer, Valley Metro RPTA, Phoenix, AZ
  • Keith Privett, coordinating planner, Division of Project Development, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL

Session sponsored by CH2M HILL.

NTI Training
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

Back by Popular Demand!

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

(40 person limit)

This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. It provides participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

Topics include:

  • Leadership Skills — Success today requires mid-managers to be leaders more than managers. What does this mean and how does one “lead to succeed?”
  • Time Management — In doing more with less, how to manage one’s time to succeed.
  • Emotional Intelligence — An introduction as to why emotional intelligence or self leadership can be more important than the knowledge one has acquired.

CEUS 0.4 AND CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course

Fee: All conference registrants are invited to attend at no additional charge.

Registration: Attendance is on a first-come, first-served space-and-materials-available basis, so register early at the APTA registration desk in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Instructor

  • Paul J. Larrousse, director, National Transit Institute, New Brunswick, NJ

Wednesday, June 6

Coffee Service

8 - 9 a.m.

Conference Registration Desk
Host information Desk
Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Business Member Resource Room
TCRP Information Center

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Noise and Vibration Mitigation: Track Infrastructure

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Analyzing noise and vibration from alternative track designs and as part of rail maintenance programs

Reduction of noise and ground-borne vibration continues to be an important factor to consider when designing many rail projects. Floating slab track designs and alternative fastener designs have been implemented and the data is in. This session will offer an examination of the effectiveness of various approaches and discussion of the results from U.S. and European projects, plus insights into the noise benefits of rail grinding in an overall effort of a state of good repair program.

Moderator

  • Paul Kampfraath, general manager, KamPa B.V., Oosterhout, The Netherlands

The Benefits and Limitations of Floating Slab Track for Controlling Groundborne Noise and Vibration

  • Gary M. Glickman, senior consultant, Wilson, Ihrig & Associates, Inc., New York, NY

Case Study on the Use of Different FST Systems in Metro Lisbon – Extensão Linea Vermelha (Red Line)

  • Patrick Carels, president, CDM Novitec, LLC, Overijse, Belgium

Development of the FXT Track System

  • Andre Van Leuven, vice president, Dynamic Engineering, St. Louis, MO

Designing a Rail Grinding Program for Minimum Noise Levels

  • Hugh J. Saurenman, Ph.D., P.E., president, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA

Predicting the Effects of LRT Construction Vibration on University Research Equipment

  • Kathryn O’Brien, environmental services manager, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Zapfe, president, Acentech Incorporated, Cambridge, MA

Asset Management Best Practices

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Balancing state of good repair with available resources and needs for expansion

Transit agencies vary in the introduction of a comprehensive asset management strategy to inform and guide agency decisions and resource allocation. Learn some best practices from agencies that have had success in integrating these practices with a focus on fixed assets. Areas covered will include: plan for implementing an asset management program in today’s resource constrained environment; the selection and role of technology; asset condition assessment methods; asset breakdown structure and appropriate level of granularity; measuring the effectiveness of an asset management program and return on investment; impact on operating and maintenance costs, and climate change on rail asset management.

Moderator

  • Susan E. Schruth, executive consultant, Hill International, Inc., Washington, DC

FTA Update

  • Aaron C. James Sr., director, Office of Engineering, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

A Comprehensive Asset Management System to Better Meet a State of Good Repair

  • Paul Edwards, P.E., senior program manager, construction, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

A Systems Approach to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Development

  • David Springstead, senior director of maintenance, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Incorporating State of Good Repair Concepts into Project Design/Construction Criteria

  • Timothy H. McKay, chair, APTA Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee, and executive vice president, growth and regional development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Michael C. Hubbell, vice president, maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Climate Change and Rail Asset Management: A Vulnerability Assessment of Amtrak's NE Corridor Assets

  • Emilee E. Ritchie, senior consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA

Streetcars

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Procurement, new technology & off-wire focus

Hear about the guidelines being developed now for procuring modern streetcars, including physical infrastucture and vehicle design. Also featured will be the practical application of wireless and off-wire propulsion vehicles with analysis of life-cycle costing models, including duty cycles and on-board heating and cooling demand implications.

Moderator

  • James H. Graebner, chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and principal, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO

Moving Towards Realization of the Transit City

  • Councillor Karen Stintz, chair, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Cincinnati Moves Forward

  • Paul Grether, manager of rail services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH

Returning Streetcars to the Gateway City

  • Tim Borchers, secretary, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and streetcar specialist, City Rail Solutions LLC, Tampa, FL

Guideline for North American Application of Modern Streetcar Vehicles

  • John Smatlak, president, RPR Consulting, Woodland Hills, CA

Integrating Regional Fare Systems

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Connecting a region through smartcard technology

This session will explore the unique challenges inherent in implementing a regional smart card system. Panelists will provide an executive level perspective on the policy and political aspects of regional implementations and tangible experience as hands- on managers of these systems. These leaders will provide a look into the future of the governance of multi-agency fare collection systems. Presentations will include updates on: active regional smart card projects; new credit card transaction procedures; procurement of new systems; electronic onboard fare transactions; integration; fare restructuring; and more.

Moderator

  • Edward B. Pollan, P.E., senior engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Panelists

  • David Leininger, chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Michael Wilson, senior executive/partner, Accenture, Toronto, ON
  • Robert H. Thomas, manager, research & analysis, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit District, Atlanta, GA

 

Federal Safety Regulations

9 - 10:30 a.m.

A number of high priority safety regulations are heading our way. Do you need PRC (Positive Regulations Control) to keep them from colliding?

Our U.S. Department of Transportation partners at the FTA and FRA continue their efforts to bring particular industry focus on safety issues of vital importance. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of these areas from a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. The evolution of the FTA’s State Safety and Security Oversight Program, and the current status of FRA’s initiatives stemming from the Rail Safety Improvement Act, are just some of the topics to be addressed.

Moderator

  • Matthew O. Tucker, chair, APTA Safety Coordinating Committee, and executive director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

Panelists

  • Luke Dhisenhall, CSP, WSO-CSSD, manager system safety, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • John G. Gault, senior manager, construction safety, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Henry Hartberg, senior manager, operations safety, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • James N. Michel, P.E., chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Technical Subcommittee, and senior vice president, Marsh USA Inc., Washington, DC
  • Georgetta Gregory, assistant general manager of safety & quality assurance,Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta,GA

Station Area Planning

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Driving + safe, attractive options for bicycling and walking to the stations

How are transit agencies rethinking transit station access through station area planning, TOD, and improving non-motorized access for short and medium distance travel? How are transit agencies redesigning older stations to accommodate non-motorized means of access? How are they promoting new transit orient development in the process? Hear perspectives on parking, bicycle, pedestrian, and multimodal access that feature good design principles for safe and attractive options.

Moderator

  • Marc K. Soronson, vice president, HDR Engineering, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Access for 21st Century Rail Stations

  • G.B. Arrington, prin cipal practice leader, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Portland, OR

Station Area Planning in the Valley of the Sun

  • Deron Lozano, planner III, Valley Metro Rail, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Station Design....Easy Access for Cars, Bikes & Pedestrians

  • Stephen E. Hamwey, civil engineer & principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, MA

How to Make Great Transit-Oriented Places

  • Sarah A. Kline, co-chair, APTA Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee, and policy director, Reconnecting America, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Washington, DC

Keeping Customers in Touch While They're in Transit

9 - 10:30 a.m.

The creative convergence of traditional and wireless media

Rail customers expect constant communication, interaction, and engagement with transportation providers whether they are at home, at work, or on the train. They want to know about their trip before, during, and after. They expect to share that experience with you and anyone else they choose. In-transit customer communication is more than mastering the latest social media tool. It’s the creative convergence of traditional communication tools like route maps and timetables, front-line customer service, new media tools, and digital displays all presented on video monitors, desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Let’s give them something good to talk about, not just a way to talk about it. A panel of communication leaders will share their experiences in developing robust and effective programs and help participants identify best practices in this increasingly important part of our industry.

Moderator

  • Morgan Lyons, director, media relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Ronald Hopkins, chief control center officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Timothy Moore, web site manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

Passenger-Freight Success Stories

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Good business practices, contracts, and relationships

Attend this session and hear our panelists examine some of the best practices in passenger – freight operating relationships, as well as those that have been abandoned as lessons learned. Find out whether a “win-win” is possible for you.

Moderator

  • Joseph J. Giulietti, co-chair, APTA Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee, and executive director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Panelists

  • Sean Craig, assistant general counsel, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL
  • Marla L. Lien, general counsel, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Kathryn Pett, J.D., innovative project delivery, project development lead, transportation, CH2M HILL, Washington, DC
  • Michael Rogers, senior transportation planner, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, St. Paul, MN

Training Partnership Programs for the Rail Industry's Next Generation Workforce

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Training for succession in the shops: technical, engineering, advanced high-speed rail technologies

In spite of tough economic times, industry leaders recognize the need to seek and hire good people, and provide development and career advancement opportunities. Organizations must keep their technical staff current in applying today’s advanced technologies, especially when maintaining current equipment, with acquisitions, and planning for the future, including plans for high-speed rail.

This session features three case studies:

  • Proactive planning and training for maintainers to support new railcar procurements
  • Preparing a state’s workforce through collaborating with higher education, the trades, and other partners to design, build, and maintain high-speed rail systems
  • APTA business members survey: defining the shortage in technical talent; missing critical components in U.S. undergraduate and graduate engineering curricula, a call to action

Learn how these programs and partnership can make a difference as we advance the industry’s next generation workforce agenda.

Moderator

  • Carol Wise, executive vice president/chief operations officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Anticipating Training Needs Prior to the Arrival of New Vehicles

  • Brian Lester, senior consultant, Educational Data Systems, Inc., Dearborn, MI
  • Robert J. Cerra Jr., regional manager-New York Metropolitan Area, LTK Engineering Services, Brooklyn, NY

Addressing High-Speed Rail Workforce Development Needs in the State of California

  • Peter J. Haas, Ph.D., education director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA

APTA Business Members Respond to Critical Engineer Skill Gaps in U.S. Higher Education

  • Jeffrey Wharton, co-chair, APTA Business Member Business Development Committee; chair, APTA Business Member International Business Development Subcommittee; chair, APTA EXPO Advisor Committee; and president, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
The Role of the Rail System, Suppliers & Counsel in an NTSB Accident Investigation

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board has jurisdiction over public transportation accidents. Should your rail system experience a major accident, rail CEOs, board members, and employees need to understand the NTSB’s investigative process. In a recent investigation, signal system suppliers becameinvolved as well. Counsel, risk managers, safety personnel, employees assigned to represent the company in the NTSB investigation, and public information staff need to know what to expect. Gary Halbert served as the NTSB General Counsel for five years before joining Holland & Knight LLP in its Washington, DC office. He will address the most frequent questions executives and lawyers are likely to face: How does the NTSB organize an investigation? What are some pitfalls for operators in the NTSB process? What can an agency say publicly, and when can the agency say it?

Presiding

  • Joseph J. Giulietti, co-chair, APTA Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee, and executive director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Featured Speaker

  • Gary Halbert, partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

Chair, Timothy H. McKay

NTI Training: Risk Assessment for Transit Capital Projects — Part 1 NEW!

1 - 5 p.m.

(35 person limit)

Part 2 is on Thursday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This course is intended for government managers, contract managers, designers, and builders who are undertaking a transit capital project larger than $300 million. This course is scalable for smaller and medium-sized projects.

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the risk review process, as described by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Oversight Procedure (OP) documents, including particularly OP-40.

Participants will learn the purpose of a risk review, necessary preparations required to undertake a riskassessment, principles of the methods used for risk assessment, and how such assessments are applied to the project management process.

Topics include:

  • FTA’s risk review requirements
  • Stages of project development when a risk assessment should be performed
  • Types of expertise necessary to conduct a risk assessment
  • Evaluating a project’s status
  • Identifying risks and mapping them to project components
  • Factoring risks
  • Risk assessment process, including Beta range factor concepts
  • Risk response
  • Risk protection, contingency analysis, and primary and secondary risk mitigation
  • Implementing and monitoring a Risk Management Plan

CEUS 1.4 AND CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course

Fee: The tuition is waived for federal, state, and local government employees who work in transportation or related areas. The fee for contractors and consultants is $300 per person.

Registration: Pre-registration was requested. If you did not pre-register and wish to attend, please check on course space and materials availability with the staff at the APTA registration desk in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Instructors

  • David N. Sillars, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • William T. Thomsen, P.E., senior vice president, Urban Engineers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

FTA New and Small Starts Workshop

1 - 5 p.m.

In its continuing educational efforts, the Federal Transit Administration, in conjunction with APTA, is offering a workshop on the current legislation, regulations, guidance, and procedures governing FTA’s Major Capital Investment Program. The workshop provides the technical requirements of the major capital investment planning and project development process and provides information on the latest issues affecting new starts and small starts.

Fee: $75 for those note registered for the Rail Conference

Registration: Attendance is limited, so please sign up early at the APTA registration desk in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

DART Technical Tours

Sign up for the tour(s) of your choice at the host information desk in Trinity A, Lobby Level in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

The first two tours are offered Wednesday afternoon only. the last two tours are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

Trinity Railway Express (TRE) Commuter Rail Equipment Maintenance Facility

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

(40 person limit)

The tour will include a ride across TRE corridor from Dallas Union Station to Fort Worth’s ITC Station. While in Fort Worth, tour participants will be given a tour of the historic intermodal facility. On the return trip, participants will stop at the TRE Equipment Maintenance Facility. Participants will have the opportunity to board a locomotive cab as well as a rail diesel car cab compartment to get the locomotive engineer’s perspective while operating the train. Participants will get an overview of the TRE fleet and the current capital fleet overhaul program. The group will be guided through the facility and shown the TRE and Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) joint dispatch center, repair, fueling and train wash areas.

NOTE Closed-toe shoes are required - no high-heels please.

Tour participants should meet on the TRE platform at Union Station no later than 1:30 p.m. a special TRE train will depart Union Station at

1:30 p.m. and return to Union Station by 4:30 pm.

Dallas Streetcar Projects

2:30 - 4 p.m.

(20 person limit)

Tour participants will be given an overview and a guided tour of two developing streetcar projects, the Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar TIGER Project and the Olive Street/St. Paul Street Loop Urban Circulator Project. The tour will finish with an opportunity to ride on Dallas’ Vintage M-Line Streetcar system (McKinney Avenue Transit Authority). Tour participants will be given a tour of the M-Line Car-barn and a recently completed streetcar turntable.

Tour participants should meet inside Union Station lobby (next to DART Union Station light rail station) no later than 2:30 p.m. Participants will board a bus from Union Station for the tour and return via connection to DART light rail at CityPlace station.

Orange Line Light Rail Construction

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tours also available on Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Green Line Transit Oriented Development

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tours also available on Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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